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IN PICS: Lives of India's wedding band musicians

Last updated on: February 7, 2013 18:39 IST

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No wedding in North India can be complete without a brass band that announces the arrival of the groom. Photographer Mansi Thapliyal aims her camera at the always seen but never recognised band members.

Weddings in North India are never complete untill the family members of the bride and groom dance, often to the tune of popular Bollywood songs. Brass bands are hired to play at the wedding procession in which the groom's family dances all the way to the wedding venue where the bride's family waits to receive them.

A procession, known as a baraat, is usually accompanied by bright lights, fireworks, loud music and dancing. The brass bands normally play a mix of Indian and western musical instruments and the members of the band, who come together during the wedding season, earn around $10-12 per wedding.

Delhi-based photographer Mansi Thapliyal wanted to take a closer look at the musicians and find out more about who they are, what they do when they're not entertaining wedding guests and what their day-to-day struggles are.

Atar Singh, 45, a member of a brass band, pauses as his other members perform during a wedding procession in New Delhi. The wedding season in India lasts for about four months and during wedding celebrations the bridegroom's family normally hires a brass band service to play at the wedding procession, in which the groom's family dances all the way to the wedding venue where the bride's family waits to receive them. The members of the band come together during wedding season to perform and earn around $10-12 per wedding.

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A member of a brass band holds a board displaying the names of a bride and her groom during a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Relatives and friends of a groom dance during a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of the brass band play as fireworks are set off during a wedding procession in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Relatives and friends of a groom dance during a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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A girl watches members of a brass band perform at a wedding procession in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Abhishek Kumar, 23, a member of a brass band, stands outside a groom's house while he waits to perform at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band practice in an empty space outside a residential area in New Delhi.

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A member of a brass band watches a video clip on his mobile phone as he waits to perform at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band are reflected in their office window in New Delhi.

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A member of a brass band adjusts his colleague's headdress before performing at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band sit on a pavement while they wait to perform at the wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band distribute money they got as tip from the relatives and friends of a groom after performing at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band rest against a wall as they wait to perform at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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Members of a brass band stroll on an empty street while they wait to perform at a wedding procession in New Delhi.

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